Generation and maintenance of gradients in taxonomic diversity.

  title={Generation and maintenance of gradients in taxonomic diversity.},
  author={F G Stehli and R Gordon Douglas and N D Newell},
  volume={164 3882},
Latitudinal gradients in diversity of organisms represent an equilibrium distribution for at least the last 270 x 10(6) years. Faunas endemic to tropical regions evolved significantly faster than extra-tropical faunas. The latitude-dependent difference in rates of evolution also represents an equilibrium condition for at least the last 270 x 10(6) years and has consequences for paleontological correlation of rocks because the attainable resolution depends on rate of evolution and will thus be… CONTINUE READING
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